Tis the season for bubbly! Sparkling wine has been a traditional celebratory drink since the 17th century when French kings began drinking it at royal-mass and coronations in Reims. News of the unique bubbly wine spread quickly and was immediately synonymous with luxury, power and celebration. Today many Sparkling wines are produced around the world and although none have the rich history and complex flavours of Champagne, you can still indulge over the holidays with a great bottle of Prosecco, Cava or a Champagne cocktail. Here are some sparkling drink ideas to celebrate the holidays:
1oz dry gin
½ oz of lemon juice
½ tsp of white sugar
Shake on ice and pour into a Champagne flute , top up with Sparkling wine.
Garnish with a lemon twist.
½ oz Chambord Liqueur
½ oz Vodka
½ oz Pineapple Juice
Shake on ice and pour into a Champagne flute, top up with Sparkling wine.
Garnish with a fresh raspberry.
1 Sugar Cube
3 drops Angostura Bitter
4oz Sparkling Wine
Soak sugar cube in bitter and drop into Champagne flute. Top with Sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon twist.
1oz Vidal or Riesling Icewine
½ oz Grand Marnier
Shake on ice and pour into Champagne flute. Top with Sparkling wine and garnish with orange twist.
Champagne starts out as a still wine. By inducing a second fermentation in the bottle, carbonation is achieved which creates a sparkling wine. Champagne is different than other sparkling wine because:
a. It is grown in the designated region of Champagne, France
b. It can only be made from 3 different grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay
c. It is made in a method called “Methode Champenoise” which means it has acquired its bubbles from a second fermentation in the bottle AND has been aged in caves before being released.